The Child Jesus Desired Fervor for the First Saturdays Devotion

By Donal Foley – February 15 is the anniversary of an important apparition of the Child Jesus to Sr. Lucia, which took place when she was at Pontevedra in Spain, in 1926, nearly nine years after the Fatima apparitions.

centennial Just a few months earlier, on December 10, 1925, Sister Lucia had experienced a powerful apparition of the Blessed Virgin when she appeared to her accompanied by the Child Jesus.  The Blessed Mother explained in detail the First Saturday Communions of Reparation and showed Sister Lucia her heart surrounded by thorns, promising “to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.”

Now, on February 15, 1926, when Sister Lucia was throwing some garbage out in the garden at the convent, she saw a young child whom she had previously seen in the garden had instructed regarding prayer and on asking Our Lady for the Child Jesus.

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Garden where Child Jesus appeared to Sr. Lucia

On this occasion she said to the child, “Did you ask our heavenly Mother for the Child Jesus?” whereupon, the child turned to her and said, “And have you spread through the world what our heavenly Mother requested of you?”

With that the child became resplendent and knowing then that it was Jesus, she said, “My Jesus, You know very well what my confessor said to me in the letter I read to You. He told me that it was necessary for this vision to be repeated, for further happenings so it will be believed, and that the Mother Superior alone could do nothing to propagate this devotion.”

To this the Child Jesus replied, “It is true your Superior on her own can do nothing, but with my grace she can do all. It is enough that your confessor gives you permission and that your Superior speak of it, for it to be believed, even without people knowing to whom it has been revealed.”

In response, Sister Lucia said, “But my confessor said in the letter that this devotion is not lacking in the world, because there are many souls who receive You on the First Saturdays, in honor of Our Lady and of the Fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary.”

Jesus then said, “It is true, my daughter, that many souls begin the First Saturdays, but few finish them, and those who do complete them do so in order to receive the graces that are promised thereby. It would please me more if they did five with fervor and with the intention of making reparation to the Heart of your heavenly Mother, than if they did fifteen in a tepid and indifferent manner…”

We have now entered the first week of Lent, so this is a good time for an examination of conscience as to whether we are really praying as fervently as we can when we do the devotion of the communion of reparation, and particularly that we are careful to renew our intention of making such reparation each time we do the Five First Saturdays.

DonalFoleyDonal Anthony Foley is the author of a number of books on Marian Apparitions, including “Marian Apparitions, the Bible, and the Modern World,” and maintains a related web site at www.theotokos.org.uk. He has also a written a time-travel/adventure book for young people – details can be found at: http://glaston-chronicles.co.uk/.  “Glaston Tor” can also be ordered through the Fatima Gift Shop by calling, 1-866-513-1917.

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